Archive for February, 2014

Feb 28 2014

Does It Matter That the Oscars Are Overwhelmingly White?

Published by on February 28, 2014

By Sonali Kolhatkar

The short answer is yes and no. It matters because the prestige that Academy Award nominations lend to filmmakers and actors can pressure major studios to insist on greater diversity in films. But Hollywood and its award institutions are so far behind in representing the modern demographic shift in the U.S. that filmmakers of color and audiences who want diversity are creating their own content, buzz …

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Feb 20 2014

Protecting ‘Our’ Children in the Wake of the Michael Dunn Verdict

Published by on February 20, 2014

By Sonali Kolhatkar

When Florida shooter Michael Dunn heard his verdict Saturday, he may have been shocked to find that he faces at least 60 years in prison for the attempted murder of three young black men. Judging by letters he wrote while in prison, Dunn fully expected to be exonerated for shooting nine bullets into a parked car, endangering the lives of the four black youth in …

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Feb 18 2014

Immigrant Views of Dubai, the ‘World’s Fastest Growing City’

Published by on February 18, 2014

By Sonali Kolhatkar

The official airline of the United Arab Emirates offers the promise “Fly Emirates, Hello Tomorrow.” It is an apt suggestion given how futuristic the UAE’s main city, Dubai, appears. Gleaming glass towers punctuate the desert skyline, evoking a mirage rather than reality. The city’s ubiquitous malls are lined with shiny marble floors, mood lighting, and every global designer brand a shopaholic could dream of. Foodies find …

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